Love and romance have long been popular themes in anime, but the Chinese Animation industry is more focused on “Action Genre.”
Though the romance genre of Chinese anime is still developing, we have seen some captivating shows emerging in recent years.
These shows offer beautiful artwork, engaging stories, and lingering feels as Chinese anime explores love in various settings.
This list highlights some of the most recommended Chinese romance anime that every fan should watch. So let’s jump into the list of best “Donghua” for die-hard romance fans.
(Donghua refers to Chinese-produced animation, so don’t let yourself confuse with this word.)
11: The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife
Despite being known as a proficient assassin in the twenty-first century, she was assigned the meaningless role of Fourth Miss of Su Manor.
The imperial highness of the Jin Empire was a talented emotionless tyrannical demonic dictator renowned with the name “The Demonic King” for his cold nature.
Everyone bullied her because they thought she was stupid and a no-good. Only he, the demonic tyrant with the astute eye, would refuse to let go of her.
If you’re new to Chinese anime, I would prefer watching this anime as it offers action, comedy, tender romance, martial arts, and drama. The romantic tale of two stubborn individuals at odds will entertain you at the utmost with awesome animation.
10: Love Between Fairy and Devil
Love Between Fairy and Devil is a romantic Chinese anime that puts a supernatural spin on the classic odd couple trope.
It follows the bubbly fairy princess Lanhua who one day accidentally releases the powerful demon lord Dongfang Qingcangfrom his prison.
As the unlikely pair spend more time together, while on a journey to find a new vessel for Dongfang Qingcang, they develop a bond that blossoms into an unforbidden romance.
Besides a unique storyline, this donghua comes with a quite catchy theme. Though each episode contains 15 minutes, which makes sense of the anime’s fast pacing.
9: Cupid’s Chocolate
From a handful of Chinese romance animes, Cupid’s Chocolate is the only anime that comes with Ecchi and Harem genre.
The rom-com story follows Jiang Haoyi, who unintentionally eats magical chocolate that makes opposite genders fall in love.
Jiang Haoyi is usual high schooler who just wants to live unnoticeable life, but now he has to bear with the unrequited love from schools famous figures.
It’s a pretty recommended romantic anime to unwind after a long day, which surely runs fast with 13 minutes of episodes.
Amidst comical mishaps, heartfelt moments arise, revealing deep feelings and unexpected bonds. This anime delicately balances romance and laughter.
8: I am a Joy’bo
Talk about a decisive plot, I am Joy’bo offers a relaxing romance set along with a complex tragic storyline.
Anime follows the story of a passionate editor who works for an author with a tragic past. Beautiful music, captivating imagery, excellent animation, and an intriguing plot, everything is available in this anime that an average Donghua lover can ask for.
On top of that, it’s slice-of-life anime with a slow-paced storyline, which provides an elaborated version of mature romance.
7: Memory of Chang’an
Want to feel the tender romance between forcefully established relationships? “Memory of Chang’an” can give you such a storyline you’re looking for.
Princess Ming Yue and Li Qiang, the emperor’s ninth prince, are forced to marry for the sake of political stability.
As the princess begins to adjust to new surroundings in Chang’An, an ancient Chinese capital, conspiracies against the royal family and her begin to emerge.
While countering the conspiracies both individuals gradually begin to root for each other.
6: National Husband Bring Home
Well, this anime is gonna give you the wholesome and cute experience of married couples, so get ready to witness some bizarre pacts of young couples.
Qiao An Hao stipulated three conditions for their marriage on their wedding night.
First and foremost, they were not to make physical contact. Second, Lu Jin Nian was not allowed to reveal her as his wife. Finally, they agreed not to reveal that they lived together.
While respecting such nostalgic pacts they both navigate through a dramatic love giving the audience a wholesome romance in 11 minutes short episodes, though it has almost 6 seasons.
5: No Doubt in Us
“No Doubt In Us” Donghua provides a body swap plot like the famous romance anime movie “Your name” but in a comedian and romantic way.
An accident occurs, causing the two to swap bodies, forcing them to perform strange roles while understanding each other’s views.
Through this adventure, both protagonists develop greater mutual understanding and empathy while providing us with comedy and romance.
4: Sweet Bite Marks
After watching this Chinese romance anime, you definitely wish for such a caring girlfriend from the anime “Sweet Bite Marks.”
A high-ranking vampire prince falls in love with a simple blood servant human. Her concerns grow in scale as she advances from rejecting him to caring for him, and she strives to remedy his troubles.
However, the differences between their social rank and differences are big hassles in their relationship, and shattering such molds, will they unite.
Besides the story, I would recommend this anime also for its top-tier animations and you’ll end up realizing how good a Chinese romance anime could be.
3: My Cultivator Girlfriend
Ever wonder if your girlfriend could be a cultivator sounds impossible but anime is the place where imagination shines.
After rescuing a young woman who is likewise on the road of cultivation, Ma Yingxiong, a security guard, sets out on a cultivation quest.
2: Psychic Princess
As a Donghua fan, many of you should be familiar with the anime “Psychic Princess.” If not, get ready to delve into the best rom-com Chinese anime.
Qian Yunshang is freaking out about having to marry Ye Youming since their families hate each other.
Her father calls on his banished daughter Qian Yun Xi with superpowers to secretly take Qian Yunshang’s place.
Though Ye Youming can’t stand the Qians at first and kicks Yun Xi out, she’s bold and charming AF. Her personality finally wins him over and the two fall hard for each other.
Qian Yunxi’s strong-willed nature, combined with her witty remarks and personal growth, make her a relatable and empowering main character which is the key feature of this anime.
1: The Girl Downstairs
As a hardcore anime fan, after consuming all the above-mentioned shows, I conclude that “The Girl Downstairs” is the best Chinese romance anime series till now for several reasons.
It came out with extraordinary animations, a soundtrack that beautifully portrays romantic scenes, and it has no problem with pacing. Such pros aside, it comes with a super light and brief plot.
Freshman Juntang Yuan joins Minsong University just to be near his longtime crush, senior Zhu Zhu. But he also meets former idol Shiya Li and attendee Ruoni Cui there and gets caught in a confusing love triangle with the three girls that leaves him totally emotionally tangled.
It sounds like Chinese Harem anime but it’s not, it presents the love triangle in the most wholesome way possible.
There are also some short Chinese romance anime consisting of less than 10 minutes episodes, but I have specifically included long episodes of Donghua just to resolve the pacing issues and proper story telling.